The unique charm of Australia’s Glossy Black-Cockatoo

A Glossy Black-Cockatoo feeding on Casuarina seeds

Australia is lucky enough to have six different black cockatoos. Five of these are reasonably closely related to one another. The sixth, the huge Palm Cockatoo of northern Cape York, is a quite different bird altogether and also occurs in Papua New Guinea. The smallest of the remaining species is the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami. […]

Acacia ammophila – a hidden gem of Queensland’s outback

Acacia ammophila wattle tree

Australia’s wattle diversity Australia is famous for its wattles, Acacia species, with over 900 species described to date. They range from tall trees to small shrubs and there’s at least one species anywhere you care to look. Several tree species are well-known in Queensland, sometimes giving their name to whole regions where they are distinctive […]

The enigmatic Darling Daisy: endangered and endearing

The Darling Daisy cymbonotus maidenii flower

A land type found around Roma, principally to the immediate west and southwest, is locally known as ‘wooded downs’. It consists of native grassland with or without scattered trees and patches of woodland, growing on deep, relatively fertile clay on undulating plains. It’s highly-valued farming and pastoral land. As anyone who lives there will tell […]

Ecology research

Courtney and Craig with a school kid looking in a net at what they have found in the local waterhole as part of ecology research

If we could research ecology in our sleep, we probably would.  It is our passion and our life’s work – much more than just a job or a business.  Whether we are on the clock, working for a client, or in our leisure time, we are always taking note of our surroundings. What exactly is […]

The Yakka skink and Dunmall’s snake: two unlikely research candidates

A close up of a Yakka skink on a log in the sunlight

The Brigalow Belt biogeographic region of Queensland contains populations of over 20 species of threatened reptiles. Two of the most poorly known of these species are the Yakka skink (Egernia rugosa) and Dunmall’s Snake (Furina dunmalli).  Both of these species are listed as vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and […]

Our protected plant surveys

Rose, the Boobook botanist, looks up and smiles while crouching down with a plant sample adding it to a collection folder

What are protected plant surveys? Protected plant surveys are a specialised type of flora survey used for assessing threatened and near threatened plant species.  Commonly employed when clearing activities are proposed within a high risk area (as mapped by the Queensland Government), these surveys follow the Department of Environment and Science’s Flora Survey Guidelines – […]

What you need to know about threatened land snails of the Brigalow Belt

A close up of snails from Craig Eddie's land snail collection

When it comes to threatened species in Australia, land snails will not be the first animal that comes to mind.  Few people know Australia has native land snails, let alone that some are on the brink of extinction.  However, since records have been kept, more species of land snails have become extinct throughout the world […]

Our contribution to the Methods to Market project (biodiversity component)

Methods to Market biodiversity component - sunny landscape picture of a Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) survey site

Whilst we have a deep knowledge and passion for the Brigalow Belt, our love of natural history is not limited to geographical boundaries. We embrace any challenge, including opportunities to study different and remote regions. For the Methods to Market project, completed in 2022, we were asked to measure the co-benefit of biodiversity enhancement on […]